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The Pandemic, Suicide Rates, and Social Isolation

| December 30, 2020 | 34 Comments

The Pandemic, Suicide Rates, and Social Isolation

We don’t know if suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up since Covid-19 first spread around the country, but

Do You Wish You Could Go to Sleep and Never Wake Up?

| January 10, 2020 | 203 Comments

Do You Wish You Could Go to Sleep and Never Wake Up?

“If only I could go to sleep forever.” “I want to die.” “I wish I’d never been born.” Do you

12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

| January 20, 2019 | 27 Comments

12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

Many people who have suicidal thoughts or other challenges need psychotherapy, but cannot afford it. There are options, though, for

Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

| June 14, 2018 | 106 Comments

Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

In a week when two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide within days of each other, so

In Defense of Suicide Prevention

| February 28, 2018 | 136 Comments

In Defense of Suicide Prevention

Many people take offense at my stance on suicide prevention. They send me angry emails or texts. They post challenging comments

When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away

| January 3, 2018 | 452 Comments

When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away

The popular image of someone who is in danger of suicide goes like this: A person has suicidal thoughts. It’s

10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person

| October 3, 2017 | 343 Comments

10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person

Many people desperately want to know what to say – and what not to say – to someone who is

Language Matters: Committed Suicide vs. Completed Suicide vs. Died by Suicide

| September 21, 2017 | 126 Comments

Language Matters: Committed Suicide vs. Completed Suicide vs. Died by Suicide

People in the suicide prevention field discourage the use of the term “committed suicide.” The verb “commit” (when followed by

How to Navigate Confidentiality and Contact with Family After a Client’s Suicide

| September 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

How to Navigate Confidentiality and Contact with Family After a Client’s Suicide

The ethical and legal obligations of confidentiality remain after a psychotherapist’s client dies, but how much? There is a lot

“What Stops You from Killing Yourself?”

| September 4, 2017 | 425 Comments

“What Stops You from Killing Yourself?”

I advise my students to ask their suicidal clients, “What stops you? What stops you from killing yourself?” Some are

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